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"Mi Amor" makes a 19-year wait for returning Swedish indie-pop legends Red Sleeping Beauty worth it

24 March 2016, 10:30 | Written by Andrew Hannah

It's been a long time coming but Red Sleeping Beauty, Swedish indie legends signed to the impeccable Labrador, are back with their first album since 1997 and are previewing it in the form of the blissful "Mi Amor".

Formed in Stockholm in 1989 by Kristina Borg, Niklas Angergård (also a member of Acid House Kings and brother of Labrador label head Johan Angergård), Mikael Matsson and bassist Carl-Johan Näsström, Red Sleeping Beauty (named after the McCarthy track) released two albums, Bedroom and Soundtrack, before disappearing from sight until a reunion of sorts in 2014.

"Mi Amor" is taken from the band's first album in nineteen years, Kristina, named for and after singer Borg. It's got a chorus sung in Spanish and of the track Angergård says "I knew I wanted the song to be called 'Mi Amor'. A quick Google search made it clear that 'tu calor' is the standard rhyme in most Spanish songs. For the words in-between, we got help from Spanish speaking friends. The song is a sad tale about a long distance Swedish/Spanish relationship presented in an exquisite mix of analogue synthesizers and Calypso guitars."

The track is quintessential Labrador; from the sad synthesisers and major piano chords which introduce the lovelorn lyric of "hey, waiting by the phone for you, girl, 1500 miles from you, girl" sung by Niklas Angergård and followed by Borg's gorgeous coo of a vocal, to the way the duo's voices intertwine on the heavenly and melodic chorus over summery flamenco guitar lines, it's the perfect setup for inevitable long-distance heartbreak. When the flute sounds come in on the bridge, it's all you can do from stopping yourself from collapsing in a puddle of tears. The pain of distance writ large, "Mi Amor" is the ups-and-downs of a relationship shaped beautifully into four minutes of pop perfection.

Kristina will be released on 17 June via Labrador but you can listen exclusively to "Mi Amor" below, ahead of its release tomorrow.

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